Thanks to the Bible, George Lucas has a net worth of $5.9 Billion.
George Lucas (b. 1944) wrote Star Wars. The first movie of that franchise came out in 1977. The franchise holds a Guinness World Records title for the “Most successful film merchandising franchise.” And had Geroge Lucas not picked up the Bible, his life would have been different today.
You see, everyone’s life can be changed by the Bible. Just that not everyone will receive the promise of eternal life just by making gains from the Bible. The promise comes in the personhood of Jesus Christ. If you have received Christ, then eternal life comes with that receiving. To wit, George Lucas never found the Most High God. He tried.
George Lucas grew up in the Methodist church. He became interested in comparative mythologies prior to making Star Wars, and eventually found a distinct interest in Eastern religions. Lucas now considers himself a “Buddhist Methodist,” identifying strongly with both his current beliefs and the beliefs of his childhood. What George Lucas lacks is love and love for his own Maker. Maybe the $5.9 Billion account balance works against his favors. But wealth does not gain eternal life.
There is something riveting in the plot line of Star Wars. It is not the actors. The cast changed many times in different “episodes”. Some of the starring cast ascended to stardom, while others into oblivion. But it is the concept of overcoming the evil within that drew audiences to see life set in motion in an other-worldly realm.
From one of the great lines written by George Lucas, ” A mystical power known as ‘the Force‘ is described in the original film as “an energy field created by all living things … [that] binds the galaxy together.” “
You know that is the creation wonders of the Creator God. There is only One.
Star Wars features elements such as knighthood, chivalry, and Jungian archetypes such as ‘the shadow‘. There are also many references to Christianity, such as in the appearance of Darth Maul, whose design draws heavily from traditional depictions of the devil. A deadly, agile Sith Lord trained by the evil Darth Sidious, Darth Maul was a formidable warrior and scheming mastermind. I think this description is familiar turf to Christians. Trained as Darth Sidious’s first apprentice, he serves as a Sith Lord and master of wielding a double-bladed lightsaber. He first appears in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. His double-bladed lightsaber alludes to the devil’s masterful misuse of the Bible, the words of God being inspired and is like a double-edged sword. Maul fought with a menacing ferocity, unrelenting as those who infiltrate Christianity and misuse the Bible quotes for politics and religious mind control over people. Yet Maul is only a lord.
For 3 hours, the audience may imagine living in a world where sadness will be overcome by triumph, justice shall be served, and their heroes own a piece of the victory. Then the credit rolls and the lights come on, the pop corn bags lie on the theater floor.
But something about Star Wars goes beyond just theater. We will all have to face that question. Can we make the wiser choice if we were Anarkin Skywalker?
The Star Wars franchise conveys a man’s (Anakin Skywalker) struggle within himself, choosing between light or darkness. He became the Darth Vader. Anarkin the character was played by Danish actor Hayden Christensen.
Warning ⚠️After reading, five may want to binge watch Star Wars all over again. It is available to stream on the Disney channel as Lucas sold out to Mickey. Please restrain yourself. It is better to read the Bible and look up all these verses. But if your buddy is a diehard, then explain to him this article.
God favored the children of Judah in the Star Wars franchise that they might seek Him in the last generation. Last call. These formerly start up actors like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher (Mentschen 😄) went on to reach the stars after the success of Star Wars.
Movie trivia. The whole story is inspired by the Old Testament. It carries pure Judaism. The Old Testament points to a Messiah coming to save the empire. Are we on to it yet?
“A Chosen One shall come, born of no father, and through him will ultimate balance in the Force be restored.” The Chosen One was the central figure in the Jedi prophecy that foretold the coming of the one destined to bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith.
However, in the Bible, there is no balance to be had. Christ will completely, utterly and beautifully destroy the devil, evil and workers of evil, all in one stroke, all in the Word that proceeds from His mouth. Star Wars is only a script for space opera. They need the balance between the good and the evil so that a new episode may be released to get the box office camp hooked on it.
“Born of no father” is allusion to a virgin birth. Mary conceived the Christ child without the help of Joseph. So in Star Wars lore, the Chosen One alludes to the Jewish Messiah figure. It is prophesied in Isaiah 7.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
and in the Gospel,
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
Many Mentschen love Star Wars. They see something outside of “just entertainment” and a riveting story line from out of this world. Jews see what the Gentiles don’t see.
A Jewish man writes to his rabbi upon seeing Star Wars, “I recently watched an old Star Wars film and couldn’t help but think about the spiritual undertones throughout the movie: the Force, the Dark Side, Jedi Knights and Lightsabers. What’s the Jewish perspective on all this?”
Jews are naturally made spiritual. But where will spiritual lead us within one’s life time if we don’t find redemption from this fallen world?
The rabbi connected the dots rather readily: “The Jedi learns that every bit of desire to go against God creates distance. Nothing is more precious than closeness to God, and every character flaw is treated as an intruder trying to break that relationship. The master demands such flaws be squelched with vengeance.
The Jedi is devoted to the Force because God has all the right connections. He can cure disease. He can lift financial burdens. He can arrange it all. If you know the Force is always with you, that’s living with ultimate power. If you forget, then God has to focus you again – by breaking the flow.”
“The Sith Warrior chooses a different path. Seduced by greed and power, he follows the temptations of the Dark Side. Judaism calls this the Yetzer Hara – the self-destructive bodily forces that pull us away from God.
The Dark Side gives an illusion of victory. But behind the black body armor, Darth Vader’s reign of terror is a sad phantasm. His manipulations ultimately destroy lives, society, self.”
All the while, he was addressing the fallen nature of man inside from birth off of the seed of Adam. In Judaism, they believe, which I don’t I am a messianic believer of Christ in Jesus of Nazareth, “good and evil emanate from God”. In truth, it is the creatures who rebel against God that broke the code of God. It tells us that angels are not bots. They “can” choose too. In creation, God is dealing with the fallen rebels from the ranks of angels as well as the human race. His solution for the heavenly rebels is the lake of sulfur and brimstone. His solution of the fallen humans in the Messiah in Jesus. Jesus came to save mankind by coming as one of us, explains the “son of man” title of Christ, and He died with our nature in sin. He was resurrected in glory. Those of us who put our trust and entire past, present and future in His hands will join the Son of God in glory in an eternal life.
The Star Wars Franchise
Many of you are already well informed. To the rest let us share it.
“J” in Hebrew came from “Y”. So Jedi is really Yedi. So what is Yedi? Listen to Jesus speaking to Nathanael.
John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said about him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”
The “Jedi knights” represent law-abiding Jews who fight the good fight. In the Old Testament they are called the righteous.
“May the force be with you” means “May the Commandments, the laws of God, the mitvot of God be surrounding you – as the four tzitzot (fringes as worn by Jesus) that guard the four corners of the observant follower.
From the Torah, Numbers 15:38
Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
This is the instruction for the tzitzit, one placed at each of the four corners, East to West, North to South of the believer, to guard him that he may not sin against God. Lest he fall. In the New Covenant, the hearts of the believers are circumcised by the sword of God’s Holy Spirit. It is so that this saying is fulfilled only in the New Covenant. It applies to Jews and Gentiles alike.
Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Psalm 119:11 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
So the Star Wars speak may be changed to: May the force be in you, rather.
Yoda in Hebrew (Yada, sounds like yo ‘daw) means one who is made knowledgeable. It is Strong’s 3045.
Exodus 31:3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
Coined for the movie character Yoda, a Jedi Master in the Star Wars films, introduced in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Claimed from the Hebrew word yodea meaning “one who knows”.
So to all our Bible reading disciples of Christ, you keep up with being the “Jedi masters”.
And finally the nature of the fallen man.
In Judaism, yetzer hara (Hebrew: יֵצֶר הַרַע ) is drawn from the Torah, it is called the congenital inclination to do evil in man, by self preservation interests people get into this by violating the will of God. It is either your will or God’s will. Remember Cain? The firstborn human with an umbilical cord. He entered Genesis at chapter 4.
“The first three movies in the series are about the battle within Anakin Skywalker between the dark side and the light side of the Force. Such a battle goes on inside of each of us every day. We are presented with Choice Points, spiritual challenges where we can pick the good or evil path.” – Greg Marcus
Were you rooting for Luke Skywalker?
Yetzer hara comes from the teachings of the Torah.
Genesis 6:5 Yahweh saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that 👉🏼every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
In Genesis 3 man invited the curse on the fallen man by breaking one command. All his life he shall toil for his own needs, as he fell chasing his own needs when tempted by a third party.
“The yetzer hara is not a demonic force, but rather man’s misuse of things the physical body needs to survive. Thus, the need for food becomes gluttony due to the yetzer hara. The need for procreation becomes sexual abuse, and so on. The idea that humans are born with a yetzer ra (physical needs that can become “evil”).”
A sinner cannot always blame that third party the devil. “He made me do it!” is a crutch. Own it and fess up to God.
Zechariah 7:12 Yes, they made their hearts as hard as flint, lest they might hear the law, and the words which Yahweh of Hosts had sent by his Spirit by the former prophets. Therefore great wrath came from Yahweh of Hosts.
God did not blame the devil for the violation of men. He puts it down to a matter of an uncircumcised heart 💜
Max Nath, a mentsch, shares, “the concept of the “dark side” of the Force draws parallels to the Jewish idea of Yetzer Hara — “the self-destructive bodily forces that pull us away fromG-d.” Rebbe Yoda is essentially warning the prophetic young pupil (Anakin Skywalker) not to stray away from the holy essence that binds all life together — an incredibly Jewish concept.”
Yetzer tov is the inclination for doing good. Tov is good. Hara is the evil without the devil, the third party.
The power within to do good happens to the fallen man only when he makes a conscious decision to accept the invitation from God, He initiates the procedure, by receiving His beloved Son. The Spirit of God comes to indwell the covenanted believer and only with the Holy Spirit can a reborn man overcome the yetzer hara.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death.
Christ is the end of every search for Life Everlasting.